Thursday, March 19, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
It felt really good to be out in the cool and humidity of the spring morning, and made me feel like I may try to get in shape to do some walks or in my wildest dreams maybe a run. That is a long way from a physical possibility at this point, but could be a goal.
This second picture was a tree that I liked, and the third I just liked how the palm tree looked from the bottom looking up. Odd, but kind of neat.
Here is my son's oldest son just after he finished the race.
His youngest son wasn't far behind. His oldest doesn't run but does a lot of outside work and surfing, so he is in good shape, and the youngest amazed me, as he hasn't done a lot of running either, and has fought asthma most of his young life. I was very proud of them. My camera didn't cooperate when my son crossed the finish line, but he did well and was happy with his results. He has run in the past, but had gained weight and just started back running three weeks ago. He has been battling a lot of pain in his legs, but he has kept at it. (sorry, I haven't been able to delete the duplicate picture)
Here's the youngest getting a much needed rest.
More of the real Florida. The sun was still coming up.
These are the Wragg boy's, the oldest boy is DH.
My oldest grandson won this stainless steel mug for winning in his age group. His brother wasn't too far behind, so I think he may have won if they had had a prize for his age group.
All in all it was a very nice day, and I've volunteered to be the official photographer for any future races. I just hope they are all shady and cool like this one. (not likely in the Sunshine State)
We finished off the morning with a nice leisurely breakfast at Cracker Barrel, and then a long visit on their porch.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
The next little thing is my new netbook, an Asus 1000he, it's just 10.2 inches and the battery lasts up to 9 hours. I think that it will be nice to take places and just to drag around the house. I will need my glasses, but I need them for books and labels and everything anyway, so that won't be any problem getting used to. It only weighs 3 pounds and will fit in a pocketbook (unless you carry little ones).
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Speaking of my childrens quilts, I have all the preperations done, and hope to actually baste and quilt them soon. I used the Super Sized Nine Patch from Quiltmaker and just made them a bit bigger (kids are from 2 to 6). As my title suggests, they are homely, but colorful and hopefully that age group won't be too fussy.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Jo from 'Home Sweet Home' is having a 100th post giveaway, and her question is, "what are three crafty things you can't live without". Very thought provoking and hard to narrow down three, but I came up with my machines, my iron, and my rotary cutting tools. What are yours? If you go to Jo's blog and let her know and post it on your blog, you'll be entered in her giveaway and you'll also be able to congratulate her on her wonderful blog.
If you follow my blog you probably already are aware that I love the Sand Cranes. I was very excited yesterday to have five in the field behind my house, and it was like they waited for me to get my camera, and then they stayed there as long as I liked to have their pictures taken. Notice the cow watching in the background, that can give you an idea of how big the birds are, they are really tall, and I think that they are beautiful with their red heads.
I got to spend the afternoon yesterday with my DD, we went to Ikea, it was her first time, and she couldn't believe how big the store is. I told her it was like 2 Targets. We didn't make any major purchases, but got a few little good deals. I got a new chair for my sewing room and after I get it put together I'll take a picture of old and new, and you'll see why I needed a new one. After we walked and walked for about 2 hours or so we went to Bahama Breeze, my favorite restaurant and had a really nice splurge. We had the Roasted Cuban bread, which is toasty bread with sweet tomatoes and basil on top, then a fruit cup with I believe mango sorbet, and shared the lobster, shrimp pasta. It was more than enough for both of us, and truly did have shrimp and big pieces of lobster in every bite. It was a very nice day with my daughter and we both enjoyed the time together.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
We bloggers sacrifice for our blogs. My DH is always getting onto me about climbing on stools and chairs and such, and I'm glad he wasn't home tonight. I have a little ladder about 2 feet high, and when I was trying to get the Easter egg quilt off the top shelf of the closet I took a tumble and things were flying everywhere. I broke the bottom shelf on one of my bookcases, but luckily not any bones. I'm dreading what might ache tomorrow though.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
The rules for the Pay it Forward are like this:
1) Three people will be chosen to participate when they leave a comment on this post asking to join (I'll obviously choose the first three)
2) You then agree to post a similar announcement to this on your blog, asking three more people to join in, etc
3) You will create a hand-made item for your three people sometime over the next 12 months.
If you are like me and have been a bit afraid to participate in things in blogland due to lack of confidence in your skills, you have a whole year on this one and only have to make 3 gifts. It seems a good way to jump in and get your feet wet without a quick deadline or any rules except to make 3 gifts and send them to people that you like and who like you well enough to follow your blog and sign up with you. It seems like a fun way to get started.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Thursday, January 1, 2009
This morning I have been busy and a little productive. Long story, but due to a bit of drama between x-wives etc., I decided that I wanted to make DD's fiance's DD a quilt. I had some prequilted fabric, so I did a little machine embroidery with her name, and used some assorted leftover binding, and now it is out of the washer and dryer and ready to be delivered. Not fancy, but she is in kidergarten and probably not too hard to please.
I also took a few pictures of my more organized stash (and I use the term loosely as it isn't a very impressive one) The top is my batiks and some smaller mostly half yard pieces. The middle is assorted colored and neutral larger pieces, and the bottom is children and baby fabrics.
Below is my backing stash, I bought several oxford cloth sheets and some flannel sheets from Land's End and am going to see how they work out for backings. I had one done with a sheet at the LA'er with her permission, and it turned out nicely, I'm hoping that I can do it, too.
The still a bit messy picture below is actually the shelf above my backings, and it is my scraps. I always thought that I had mostly pinks, but it seems that I have more blues and purples than pinks. I never would have known if I hadn't tried to make some order from the chaos.
This is a not very good picture of the fabrics that I have ordered from Thousands of Bolts. They are for Bonnie Hunter's mystery, and I'm anxious for them to get here. The email says January 6th, and I'm sure I'll survive.
I am supposed to do the Shakespeare in the Park with an internet friend, and these are the fabrics that I purchased for it about 4 or 5 years ago. They are still intact except for one piece of fabric that I robbed and replaced with another similar one. I just need to take Nike's advice and 'just do it', as for some reason it scares me. She has already started hers and has a couple of snail's trail blocks. done.
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Well, here it is (a deep subject) and New Year's Eve day. I was going to be busily working on Bonnie Hunter's mystery, or on my Shakespeare in the park, but instead, I am working on sorting and arranging my sewing closet and fabrics. I don't have a huge stash, so I have ordered fabrics from Thousands of Bolts for the mystery, and have had about all I can stand just like Popeye. My closet wasn't a thing of beauty but I also keep my Christmas things in it for the most part, and the tearing through for decorating was the last straw. The top picture is my scrappy scraps, and I'm not sure what I'll do about them. I have decided that I don't really 'like' scraps a whole bunch, but maybe some day I'll master the art of crumbs and strings.
On the bed is my more organized scraps (by color) and the little stack in the back is my bigger pieces. I'm hoping to make them look nice with the ruler folding techniques that I have been reading about on the groups.
Here is the back of my closet, which I have mentioned I have been tearing through for the holidays. I have quilts in progress or some that I have just set aside fabrics for in the organized looking part, and strips that I have cut in the shoebox size containers. On the bottom right is Christmas and Halloween fabrics. What you don't see is the empty shelves in front and to the left that held all the mess of fabrics before. I'm hoping to make a vast improvement.
The picture above is more of the same, plus my sewing machine tools and the cardboard box has my Shakespeare in the park fabric.
On a little lighter note, DH and I went to Target this morning and got some of the 75% off Christmas things and a few groceries (had to get Black eyed peas for New Years day). We got a 7 1/2 foot prelit tree for next year that was on sale for 32 dollars and change, and some pretty Christmas cards, too.
My DD would like us to go to a club with her where her fiance is working tonight, he handles the technical part of the sound system, but I don't know if I'll make it as if I don't take medicine for my restless leg syndrome, I will be pacing around, and if I do I may be dozing. She would like to have her father to dance with, so hopefully he will be up to making it for a little while.
We usually just stay home on New Year's Eve.
I'd like to wish everyone a Happy and Prosperous New Year. I think after this past year, most of us could use a little of that.